Do you want to have a good day? A happy day? Well, I have a few short suggestions that may help you do just that!
Be a lifelong learner
In Matthew 10:16, Jesus commanded His Disciples to “be as shrewd as snakes.” I’ve known a few people in my life who were as mean as snakes, but that’s not the goal! God would not have us to be foolish. His desire is that we be shrewd or wise. Never make the mistake of thinking you’re the smartest person in the room. ‘Cause if I’m the smartest person in the room, you know what happens? I start to believe that I have nothing to learn from anyone else in the room! When that happens, not only do I stop learning and growing, but I start actively falling behind. A careless snake will quickly be separated from its head. Regardless of their age or station in life, everybody you come across is a person you can learn from. In some cases, the lesson may be, “Don’t make the mistakes this person is making.” But that’s still a valuable lesson. Always learn. Always grow.
Give your best
Colossians 3:23 tells us: Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.
We should work hard and give our best at our jobs and schools. Those of you who are teachers can do both at the same time! This applies to how we treat people in our personal lives as well. Check out 1 John 3:18: Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
We can show others that they’re valuable by treating them with love and patience. Sometimes we worry that our kindness will not be returned. Sometimes that will be the case. We shouldn’t decide how we will treat people based on how they feel about us – we can never truly know how others feel about us, so it’s not worth stressing about and it definitely shouldn’t determine our personal behavior. But we can treat people well because of the love that God has shown us. The moon doesn’t shine from its own light. It reflects the sun, and that makes it beautiful! Be the moon! Reflect the Son. I know you probably saw where that was going. That’s okay, it’s still solid advice!
If it’s worth complaining about, it’s worth praying about
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Not every day is going to be good. Some situations are just bad. It’s okay to admit that; God doesn’t require us to be delusional. But even on the bad days, we can rejoice. Always find something to be thankful for. If you can’t find anything else, then rejoice and be thankful that God is still with you through the worst of times. You don’t have to physically kneel every minute of every day, but you can have a continual conversation with God. You probably have someone you text or call nearly every day. In our day and age, we know all too well that keeping in contact doesn’t require life-crushing effort. Maintaining conversation with God is literally that easy. He doesn’t require King James English from you and He doesn’t care about your grammar. Nothing you face, nothing you’re concerned about, is too big or too small to discuss with God. If it matters to you, it matters to Him!
So take these reminders to heart and I hope you have a great day!